Posts for January 2019

January 31, 2019

Favorite blog posts, January 2019

Hand-picked high-quality woodwind-related blog posts from around the web, January 2019 edition.

January 22, 2019

Decrescendo to zero

Woodwind players often struggle with decrescendos that quit too soon. (“Decrescendi” if you prefer.) It’s pretty disappointing to play a graceful phrase and have the last note end abruptly instead of fading down smoothly to zero. There’s not a special technique to deploy in order to make successful decrescendos to niente. This delicate dynamic effect ...

January 15, 2019

Observing woodwind playing objectively

I have my woodwind methods classes do a lot of observing of woodwind playing. They comment on each other’s woodwind playing in class, write concert/recital reports, and make written comments on each other’s playing exams (for my eyes only). This is a crucial skill for their future teaching careers. I try to push them to ...

January 10, 2019

Which college should I choose for music?

Here's my best general advice for choosing a college for your music studies.
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